Hamlet Act 2-Act 3-Scene 1

polonius says that Reynaldo may suggest that Laertes is engaging in drabbing. What’s drabbing? Visiting a prostitute
why is Polonius sending Reynaldo to France to spy on Laertes? To make sure Laertes is behaving as Polonius is concerned about how people will think of himself as a person
what did hamlet say to ophelia when he came into her room unannounced? nothing, which is part of what frightened her
how was hamlet dressed when he came into her room? his stockings were down to his ankles and his shirt was undone
why does polonius think Hamlet acted the way he did with Ophelia? because ophelia denied his advances
Who are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? childhood friends of hamlet sent by claudius to find out the cause of his madness
the ambassadors return from Norway with news that the king has stopped young fortenbras from gathering an army against denmark. what country did fortenbras claim he was going to attack instead of denmark? poland
why does Gertrude think Hamlet is acting in his crazed way? because of the death of his father and the too soon marriage to Claudius
what request does the king of norway make of claudius to have his troops travel through denmark on the way to poland
why does polonius stall giving the news about the cause of Hamlet’s madness to Claudius and Gertrude? he is excited that it is he who is giving the news of the cause, but he is embraced that it is his daughter that is the cause. remember, he is all about appearances
why does hamlet call polonius a fishmonger? a fishmonger is a seller of fish. women had the derogatory name of fish in shakespeare’s time. he is calling polonius a pimp of his daughter
when hamlet first meets rosencrantz and guildenstern, they joke by taking a common noun and personifying it. what noun is it that they personify? fortune
why does shakespeare spend so much time in the players in this scene? 1. he wants to show how much the performance of the players affects hamlet so that he beats himself up in a soliloquy at the end of the scene 2. he wants to comment on how bad much of the theatre of the day was
what does hamlet say that should have tipped rosencrantz and guildenstern off that he was only crazy part of the time? i am but mad north-north-west
what literary device is used when hamlet calls polonius jephthah? allusion
what is the name of the play hamlet wants the players to perform for claudius and gertrude? the murder of gonzago
why does hamlet beat himself up by calling himself names at the end of the scene when he is alone? he is upset that he doesn’t have the passion for the reality of what he has to do, while the actors have more passion for a fiction
how does hamlet once again demonstrate that he is not crazy in his soliloquy? he points out that the ghost of his father may be a demon trying to trick him
what is hamlets plan to confirm that claudius killed his father? he will watch claudius’ reaction to the performance of the The Murder of Gonzago, which has similar themes to what hamlet is going through
which word in the following line is an example of a perfect iamb in the line itself? “wherein i’ll catch the conscience of the king” wherein
hamlet gives his famous “to be or not to be” speech in this scene. wha could hamlet be talking about when he says “to be or not to be”? 1. to kill himself or not kill himself2. to do the deed of killing claudius or not 3. to struggle in life or to just let things be
hamlet tells ophelia to go to a nunnery. what two meaning does that have? 1. a place where nuns live2. a whorehouse
what example does hamlet use to explain how women are two-faced? he talks about how women paint their faces with makeup
where does claudius want to send Hamlet? france
what plan does polonius come up with to determine hamlets insanity? polonius will spy on hamlet as he talks to his mother in her bedroom